The No Comfort Zone—Or, Upping the Tension

"Suspense is my favorite sub-genre of romance to read—and write. As a reader, I love that “edge of your seat” feeling of wondering what’s going to happen next. As an author, keeping the tension at a constant high is a challenge..."

THE FIRST WIFE by Erica Spindler

THE FIRST WIFE is an expertly crafted mystery that pulled me in from the first page and kept me guessing until the very end. The sex is fade-to-black but the relationship building is laid bare...

When Paranormal Meets Suspense

Authors Terry Spear and Paige Tyler join us today to share how – and why — they combine the three elements of romance, paranormal, and suspense.   Terry Spear: I love suspense, love mystery, and the paranormal. And a HEA — the happy ever after — is a must. But mostly, I like the conflict that lends itself to suspense stories, and even better if they’re romantic suspense, and even better if they have some kind of other world—either paranormal or like in my Highland historicals. It just gives the story more…meat. More to enjoy. At least for me, and since I’m writing them, they make it more fun for me. Now, the key is really staying true to three different elements: Romance, suspense, and the paranormal. This is because as the story develops, the… Continue


In a remote and mountainous part of Europe, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel—a prisoner. Even the holy man does not know how long he has been there—hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. The priest’s fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have ever imagined. His lovely young daughter Milja, whose innocence and devotion to God he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men, and yet not. She looks into his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, Continue
Virna DePaul

Awakened ~ Book Two in the Belladonna Agency by Virna DePaul: BookTrailer & Interview!

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.
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Virna DePaul’s Vixens Pre -Release Party!

Don’t forget to #FollowFriday on Twitter, @RomanceatRandom, @VirnaDePaul and to visit us each Friday to meet Virna’s Vixens – a fabulous street team, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Cyndi Fari is our host this week offering today’s giveaway – 1 print preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series to a US winner, 18 years or older.
To win, comment on Cyndi’s site answering this question- What intrigues you to read stories about sexy alpha vampires? Visit Cyndi’s site here Our winner will be chosen and we’ll contact her within the week. Good luck! Remember you must have a US mailing address and be 18 to win. Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your… Continue
Sally Eggert

Romantic Times Reviews: In the Dark by Sally Eggert

Romantic Times reviews new author Sally Eggert & her release IN THE DARK – enjoy! Romantic Times
Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense, E-book
Sensuality: MILD Suspense fans will really enjoy the tension that Eggert creates with her love triangle. The main character is faced with the choice of two men. One is an agency man who is a carbon copy of the ex-boyfriend, who betrayed her, and one is a suspected criminal. Because this tension is the driving force of the book the characters are hard to connect with and often don’t seem trustworthy. The plot also makes it hard to root for either guy. After a close call at her classified covert government agency job, Josie Nielsen doesn’t want to see any more action. She almost died despite the fact she… Continue
Tina Wainscott

“A five star, must-read” from The Best Reviews.com

“A five star, must-read, romance with an alpha hero & kick-ass heroine you’ll fall in love with” I’m in a really happy place when I find a new author and series that just is so darn good that I can’t put the book down. It doesn’t matter what genre it is – contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, military, historical – if that author sweeps my reader mind away to his or her characters and settings in a way that everything else falls away. It’s a keeper and I’ll recommend it highly. That said if you like and/or love romantic suspense and military romances, get out and purchase Tina Wainscott’s new books, Wild Hearts (prequel) and Wild on You (book one), in her Justiss Alliance series. They are fabulous, can’t-put-it- down, page-turning reads. I was given… Continue
Sally Eggert

Book Review: 4 stars for In the Dark, a page-turning, suspenseful read from Sally Eggert

Popular romance blog site Fresh Fiction reviews Sally Eggert’s recent release — 4 Stars for this hot suspense – read more here:

One of the reasons I’m a fan of romantic suspense as it serves as the bridge between my love of mysteries and romance novels. The adrenaline rush that readers (and I) receive when an author has us wrapped up in the characters and story is not to be missed, so I’m always on the lookout for new titles and authors in this genre. IN THE DARK: A Loveswept Romantic Suspense by Sally Eggert is one of these titles. I’ll admit that when I first started reading the story, I wasn’t swept up in it, but I persevered and soon found myself needing a cheat sheet of who’s on first to keep up with… Continue

Guest Post: Nancy Bush – Nowhere Safe + #Giveaway

Often, as I’m writing, a story will take me places I never expected. I’ve had writers tell me this before, but I always resisted the idea. I thought, “You’re the writer. You can make your characters do whatever you like.” Well, you can, that’s true, but it’s surprising how much easier—and often times better—it is not to fight it when your characters take over a little. This is what happened to me with one of the main characters in NOWHERE SAFE, the third installment in my romantic suspense “Nowhere” series featuring Detective September Rafferty, which will be out this month.

Guest Post – Interesting Heroes, by Kat Martin + Giveaway

All of us fantasize about over-the-top handsome, hunky men. But for most of us, good looks and even an incredible body just aren’t enough. They might do fine for a one-night stand, but unless they have a lot more to offer, gorgeous men soon become boring. In AGAINST THE MARK, Ty Brodie is a hunk. Tall, lean, amazingly good-looking and totally ripped. But the thing I found interesting about Ty’s character was the person he was underneath his jovial front.

Guest Post – Achieving the HEA by Joan Swan

I recently watched the movie Precinct 13, an edge-of-your seat crime drama, and was reminded of how seemingly insurmountable odds against the good guys could both evoke powerful emotions and compel an audience to keep their eyes glued to the screen, their fingers twisted in the nearest pillow…or sleeve…or hand… If you haven’t seen it and you love drama, Precinct 13 is definitely worth the watch.

Guest Post: You Made Me Love You by Virginia Kantra + Giveaway

7 Ways Romance Heroes Keep Us Up at Night – with Giveaway! Virginia Kantra He turned, flashing that you-know-you want-me smile, and even though Meg told herself she was inoculated against his charm, something inside her melted.
His dark hair was a little longer, and his body, in jeans and black Polo shirt, had filled out some since his glory days in high school. But his eyes were the same, green, clear, and sharp as a broken bottle, and his smile could still sell anything to any woman foolish enough to buy. Toothpaste. Unnecessary luxury items. Sex.

–from Carolina Girl by Virginia Kantra

On sale now -Headed for Trouble -#Free Excerpt!

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad. Never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16—along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters.
Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann (Excerpt) by Romance At Random

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards, the first book in her new paranormal romantic thriller series featuring the fascinating Dr. Charlotte Stone. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of MIDNIGHT SECRETS by Ella Grace!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MIDNIGHT SECRETS by Ella Grace, a thrilling new romantic suspense novel. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!

Gladie Burger tells R@R about matchmaking, murder and melting romance!

Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.

Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy. When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from… Continue

Review – Shadow Woman by Linda Howard + Giveaway

About the book:
From perennial New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue . . . and memories that can kill. Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

The Romantic Thriller Series: Pros and Cons By Allison Brennan and Giveaway!

I’ve always read mysteries, and one thing I noticed about my reading habits was that I gravitated to mysteries where there was a continuing love story—starting with Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson. When Nora Roberts JD Robb series gave us Eve Dallas and Roarke, I was in heaven … I love the suspense, and I love the continuing relationship between these two strong characters. The conflict between them is believable, but we also see how their love and support endures over time, becoming stronger. I love NCIS, and enjoy the chemistry between Tony and Ziva even though their relationship isn’t a primary storyline. I’m dying to find out what’s going to happen with Nick and Juliette on GRIMM now that she can’t remember him and is obsessed with the Captain. In the meantime, I… Continue

Guest Post: Why I write Romance by J.T. Geissinger

Hello, my name is J.T. Geissinger, and I am addicted to romance. Writing romance, reading romance, enjoying romance in movies and music and art—I find it all endlessly fascinating and emotionally fulfilling. What I don’t find particularly fulfilling are the reactions I often get from well-meaning friends and acquaintances, who often wonder aloud why I—a well-educated, seemingly intelligent adult—would choose to waste my time writing such…fluff. Simply put, I love love, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
We live in a violent, fast-paced, unpredictable world. If I wanted to read about explosions, espionage, murder, car chases, fighting and gunplay, all I’d have to do is open a newspaper. “But it’s not realistic,” my husband argues as I’m extolling the virtues of some new romance book I’ve fallen in love with. “None of that stuff… Continue

Guest Post: Dare To Be Tempted by Virna DePaul

Temptation (noun): A desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise; i.e., “we gave in to temptation.” My newest release, Shades Of Temptation, Book 2 in the Special Investigations Group series, has me contemplating the nature of temptation. What makes us long for the things we cannot have or, more accurately, crave things we shouldn’t want? After all, giving in to temptation usually comes hand-in-hand with paying some kind of price, whether it’s to our waistline, pocketbook, self-worth, or moral conscience. Why aren’t the repercussion enough to curb our longing for carbs or bad boys or overpriced shoes or bad boys or margaritas or bad boys…?

What happened to my sister? – this story will move you.

A storytelling triumph about the meaning of family — ultimately a wondrously uplifting tale of hope and redemption starring a main character who is quite simply unforgettable.” – Bookreporter.com This stand-alone, follow-up to Me & Emma is a dazzling novel of two unforgettable families bound together by their deepest secrets and haunted pasts—perfect for fans not only of Me & Emma but also Ellen Foster and The Lovely Bones.

Joyce Lamb reviews Nora Roberts, THE WITNESS

Enjoy this captivating review by blogger, author Joyce Lamb, USA TODAY and find out why she loved Nora Roberts recent release, THE WITNESS - CAPTION
Genre: Romantic suspense
I don’t have much time to read these days, but I do have time to listen to audio books in the car. Recently, I took a long road trip from Washington, D.C., to Chicago and had lots of time to listen. So I chose Nora Roberts’ 200th published novel, The Witness. (I say 200th published novel, because you just know she’s written at least 40 after The Witness that haven’t been published yet.)

PREY now in paperback! By Linda Howard

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Thirty-two-year-old Angie Powell has always spoken her mind, but in the presence of Dare Callahan she nurses a simmering rage. Three years ago, Dare returned home to rural Montana and opened a hunting business to rival Angie’s own, forcing her to close up shop. The infuriatingly attractive Iraq war vet even had the nerve to ask Angie out, not once but twice. Before Angie leaves town, she organizes one last trip into the wilderness with a client. But the adrenaline-fueled adventure turns deadly when Angie witnesses a cold-blooded murder and finds herself on the wrong side of a gun. Then a bear comes crashing through the woods—changing the dark game completely. Luckily, Dare is camping nearby and comes to her aid. Forced together for survival, Angie and Dare must confront hard… Continue

Guest Post: We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time + Giveaway!

We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time
Female Authors and their Male Characters
By Stacey Agdern
As last month’s column ended with a debut male author’s military fantasy, it’s fitting that the focus of this month’s column is a powerhouse female author who writes romantic thrillers with military heroes…and her very first foray into the world of paranormal romance. Suzanne Brockmann’s ‘Born to Darkness’ is a brilliant book which centers around three different couples. As luck would have it, Brockmann has managed to write a textbook on this month’s subject, as four of the characters in these couples are prime examples of the best ways to write strong male characters. We start with the scientist behind the story, the genius with that bit of strength that wants to get let out. He… Continue

If You Know Her by Shiloh Walker

ON SALE NOW! A SHADOW IN THE WINDOW Nia Hollister doesn’t scare easily. She’s returned to Ash, Kentucky, with a vengeance—and with a mission: find the killer who brutally ended her cousin’s life. What she didn’t count on was trembling with desire every time she sees Law Reilly. If any man can help her escape the nightmares for a while, it’s him. But can she allow herself to take comfort in those strong arms when her sister’s killer still roams free? She may think she’s a bad ass, but she should not have come back to his town. He is watching her—as she slips into Law Reilly’s house, as she storms into the sheriff’s office. These men won’t be able to protect her when her time comes. Timing is everything, though he can’t wait forever.… Continue